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A few years ago me and my other half had booked a holiday to Washington DC, it wasn't a long one, just four days, so we didn't want to take a huge suitcase with us. I popped into my local Sports Direct store and saw that they had the 16 inch Dunlop trolley case on sale for about £10, so I grabbed myself a couple. Yes I know this wouldn't be my normal place to go suitcase shopping, but there you are.
They are black in colour with gray trim, they did have them with blue and red trim as well, have two sturdy wheels on the end, a retractable handle for when you want to pull it along and two further handles so that you can carry it like a normal suitcase. It has an outside zip fastening pocket on the front, which will easily hold a paperback book or your travel documents and a slim zip fastening pocket on the back for things like your passport. When you open the case there is another zip fastening mesh pocket which runs the length of the lid, as it were, where you can put your toiletries, and the remainder of the case is where you put your clothes which are held in place with two elasticated clip fastening straps. The case does expand slightly to make it approximately 6 inches wide as apposed to 5 inches unexpanded.
This case easily fits the catagory of hand luggage which is great as it means that you don't have to worry about your luggage being lost when you get to the other end of your journey.
I found that I had ample room for all the clothes I wanted to take, which was approximately one jumper a pair of jeans, seven or eight t-shirts and various underware and socks. I didn't even have to use it expanded either. I made sure that all my liquid bottles were of the correct size for hand luggage and I boarded the plane.
At the other end, we didn't have to wait for our luggage to be unloaded and then put on the carousel, we simple walked straight through to customs and were out of the airport before most people had even retrieved their luggage.
If you're going on a short break, then this sturdy little case is ideal.
~~DUNLOP SMALL TROLLEY CASE~~
I had booked a holiday to Lanzarote for four people last June and we were to fly with Ryanair Airlines. This was the first time I had used this company. Previous to this trip I've always had a 20 kg luggage allowance and not had my hand luggage weighed. I understood with this company that they would be very strict on the 15 kg for the hold luggage and also with both the weight and the size of all luggage being carried onto the plane. The hand luggage allowance is 10 kg. This didn't seem too bad for one week but I do tend to over pack and certainly didn't want to be charged for excess baggage.
My husband and myself usually take a large suitcase on holiday and as well as these he takes a flight bag and I take a shoulder type bag. But this holiday wasn't long after I had dislocated my knee cap and was still not able to walk far or carry much at all. I thought it might be a better idea to each have a small trolley bag. I thought we could pack shoes and a few items in one and the other could be used for cameras/chargers/hair-dryer and also double up as our flight bag to carry passports and other necessary travel documents.
I already had a nice bag on wheels in a floral pattern but I didn't think my husband would be too keen on having a bag to match. Anyone remember Howard and Hilda?
We looked around for a while for a wheeled bag for him to use. Many that were called cabin bags were in fact bigger in size than what Ryan-air quoted as the maximum size.
We wanted a small, cabin size case that was small enough for Ryanair's stipulated size regulations.
Ideally, we wanted a case that looked as if it would last for several holidays.
A wheeled trolley type case, therefore with a retractable handle.
Easy to pull along.
Compartments: We wanted to be able to keep our passports and travel documents safely packed separately from other packed items and, importantly, to be able to access them easily.
Not too heavy so we could put more in it.
Not costing more than £20.
A SUITABLE SUITCASE
Eventually we found a suitable case and better still, for a most suitable price.
The case we found and decided to purchase was made by manufacturer of sporting goods, Dunlop. It is a small cabin sized two wheeled case in black with the Dunlop trademark 'D' design to be seen embossed across it. As we always do, we had a good look at this case before purchasing. We tried out all the zips, looked inside, felt the case and tried out the wheels as well as the pull up extending trolley handle. It seemed ideal so we checked again that its dimensions were within Ryanair's size regulations.
This case had all the features we were looking for and at a very affordable price. I especially like the two zipped compartments on the front of this case which are ideal for our travel papers and are deep enough to tuck them well away.
This case also has two chunky handles (apart from the retractable one) on one side and at the top which means it's ideal and easy to carry without the trolley function, if desired.
This is a 16 inch Suitcase suitable for use as a cabin suitable case.
Capacity: 21 litres
HOW DID IT TRAVEL?
I am glad to say it travelled well. This trolley case has now been used for two holidays abroad and for a weekend away in England. It looks just about as good as when we first bought it. Nothing is broken, snapped or torn.
Really we didn't expect too much as this case was cheap and not the best ever make, in my opinion, but felt as it would stay with us strength wasn't the main requirement. Being classed as hand luggage and not placed in the hold, saved it from being thrown about by baggage handlers and means, I would think, it has much more chance to last longer than a larger suitcase left to the mercy of airport staff. I can now say after it has been tested that it has exceeded our expectations and we are pleased with our purchase.
Not only is it ideal as a cabin case but makes an ideal weekend case or even an overnighter. It is an ideal size to pack enough in it for a night or two away as although it's small it does expand if needed to.
We purchased this case from Sports Direct.
Sports Direct £7.99 (was £11.99)
* (according to www.sportsdirect.com) Suitable for use as hand luggage with Ryanair, easyJet, Flybe, Monarch, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic airlines (last updated: 12.2.2013)
** Please check baggage allowance regulations with your airline before you fly.
The Suitcases came in good time but I notices thread around the edges even when I had merely opened the box. I didn't read the product review beforehand because I was blown away by their great price so I decided to have a look out of curiosity. The only review was a complaint of how the suitcase basically fell to pieces on the first journey abroad. I then discovered that my aunty had the same suitcase and it had split at the seems on her way back from California, having only had the suitcase for 2 weeks. These two reviews were enough to prompt a quick return of these poor quality products. However, unsurprisingly, even this posed some difficulty. Unlike almost every other retailer with an online site, returning the products was not free. Moreover, despite the fact that I had already paid £3.99 for postage and packaging, they recommended that we use recorded delivery to ensure that they actually reach Sports Direct. So in the end I had to pay almost £25 to merely return two items which was almost half of the initial price that I paid for purchasing them. Moral of the story: NEVER BUY ANYTHING FROM SPORTS DIRECT, ESPECIALLY NOT THEIR RUBBISH SUITCASES!
My family and I bought two of these cases as we were going on holiday about a year ago. We bought a small one for my sister and then a big one for the rest of the family (can't remember the actual inch measurements). These cases were fairly cheap and you can now get a set of 4 for £50. However, they don't look massively cheap.
The quality of them isn't too bad, however, the zip does tend to stick on one of them. This could just be a fault with one case because the zip is fine on the other one. Although the zips on both cases aren't the smoothest that I've ever seen.
The cases are fairly lightweight and they have a strap inside so that you can attach it over your clothes. This means that if your case gets thrown about at the airport or in the car your clothes will still stay nice and neat. The wheels are fairly good and the handle is a good length for people that are slightly taller. These cases also come with a lock which is good if you don't have one spare. They are quite small locks though so they probably could be easily broken.
I travel regularly with work for a quick 'over-nighter' and I don't really need to take a lot. But, my one and only suitcase is sufficient enough for a fortnight holiday though it is only small-ish still, it's a burden to take on the train, get in to the luggage compartments at the end of the carriage (particularly on the train which gets in to Kings Cross just before 9am) and it is silver, covered in luggage tags and really just doesn't look very professional. I made the decision to buy a new, plain black case with a pocket on the outside for my laptop, small enough to fit enough clothes in just for an overnight stay (maybe for two nights just to be sure!).
I began looking around and couldn't believe how much suitcases were! When I saw a small Dunlop trolley case with a discreet logo in Sports Direct for £7.99 which looked just perfect for what I wanted, my partner bought it straight away for me (I would have liked that sentence to read 'I snapped it straight up', but hey, it's nice to be spoilt - even if it is with a suitcase!). I got home with the case and was travelling the next day, so I got ready to pack it.
My initial observations were this: it had about a million tags on it; it seemed to take a lifetime to get them all off. Not just Dunlop's fault, also down to Sports Direct I guess! My second observation was that the lock was absolutely rubbish, in fact as I tried to unlock it the key bent, so I picked it with a hair grip and threw it away (I have luggage locks so I used my own). The case itself though looked fine, and despite a bit of a sticky residue from all of the stickers and labels, I was ready to pack.
I got the 22 inch case so that it was suitable to be used as hand luggage on a plane as well as for my travels. I fit the following in to the case:
Pair of long sleeved, full length trousers flannelette (heavy) pyjamas
Underwear sufficient for 3 days (2 days plus spares... I used to be a Brownie Guide)
Pair of smart heels
Toiletry Bag (including Electric Toothbrush, charger, Toothpaste (full size), Mouthwash (full size), Facecloth, Make up, Hairbrush, Straighteners, Shower Gel and Shower Puff)
Laptop and charger
I also managed to squash in my handbag for the train journey back to save having that to carry as well as the case (I hate manoeuvring around the Tube with a handbag, I am scared I'll get pick pocketed, or in all the hurrying, lose it or leave it somewhere!).
The body of the case is lightweight but very durable, I didn't struggle to carry the case with all of the above in it, and in the past I have struggled with my own case as it has a hard body, which is great for durability, but not so good from a weight perspective. Another little criticism is that the handle is quite tricky to extend, it seems to stick, but this could just be a fault on my particular model though.
The wheels did not stick and kept up with the pace in London (and have done ever since on several more trips). The case can standalone and doesn't tip due to uneven weight from the front or rear framework of the build. There is one internal pocket and two external pockets which are useful for putting in paperwork for business. However, the pockets are not flexible or spacious and so putting in clothing or shoes for example wouldn't be possible. There is a plastic luggage tag attached to the case too which is very useful especially if using it as luggage for a flight. I like the elasticated internal security straps, very useful for packing neatly and holding ironed items flat and securely in order to keep them crease free!
For the money - this case represents exceptional value for money - for less than a tenner I have a great little case which has a couple of little quirks (no suitable lock, sticking handle), but on the whole is just what I needed. I would highly recommend this as a cheap solution for regular travellers.
Available (most cheaply) from Sports Direct. Thanks for reading!
I have never really known who Dunlop was, but now I believe they are a sports company? Well, I never even knew the case was Dunlop, I assumed it was just a cheap case! Now that I know Dunlop are a respected brand, I am actually now realising what a good buy I received!
When I took my first flight on easy jet last October, I realised that I wouldn't actually need many clothes for my journey so paying £14.00 for carry on luggage would be pointless. I decided just to opt for cabin luggage and hope for the best. I saw on Matalan there were cases but they weren't specific about the measurement and I know Easyjet have a fairly strict 56x45x25cm weight restriction. I simply typed in "cheap cabin case" into Google and this is where I found the case online.
It lead to me www.sportsdirect.com where there was a case for £7.99 on offer. I thought this was perfect and exactly what I was looking for. The restriction was 40 x W 26 x D 12, this was the "16 inch" case. I now realise there was the option of the "20 inch case" that I could have taken and would still be accepted on board. However, I bought this one and it has done me fine. The size of this case allows it to be taken on to vast majority of all aircrafts cabins including the awful Ryanair.
When I received it, the case was absolutely tiny! My eyes popped out my head at how small it was but nevertheless it done the job okay.
The case that I bought differed slightly from the case showen in the Dooyoo picture, although it is still called "Dunlop trolley case" on the website. It has a soft touch on the front of the case with a read boarder throughout it. It has two patches of red at the side with a large "D" imprinted on it. (Yes, I has no idea what this D stood for". It does almost have a sport look and it doesn't really go well for business people. It looks quite funky and rounded and fairly expensive. It also has a silver "D" logo on the top which shows it's from a good brand although I seriously didn't know the difference.
Unlike some of the cheaper cases, the handle on it to pick it up is plastic and strong. Usually there is a rubbish strap with you can hardly fit your hand under so this was great for me and it seemed very safe to pick up and take up and down aircraft stairs. The long handle was of an appropriate height (although I am incredibly small). It expands twice to suit your height so you can either have it "long" or "very long". It also has a handle on the side which I even better to use to carry it on and off aircraft ad you don't have to slant your body just so your case doesn't band off the stairs. It ha a zip front which I use to keep all my documents in and is even big enough to fit my bulky purse. It had two straps inside to hold down all your clothes so it doesn't get messed up and crumbled during the journey. The wheels are rubber which mean it doesn't make that dreaded rumbling noise whilst walking. It also has a zip compartment at the back, which I really don't see the use in as I would rather all my valuables were in the front as someone at the back of you can very easily nip into the back of your case and steal whatever pleases them. It is expandable but I really couldn't tell you how far it expands. Although the good thing is even when it expands it fits inside easy jet's basket which means you can pack your case to the fullest.
Considering the amount of times I have used it and the weight that I put in it, the case has done a very good job. Nothing has ripped as yet even though I try and crap all my liquids into the front compartment straight after security, as security officers feel the need to growl at you until you get all your stuff off the x-ray machine and get out of the security area (or it's because I'm a Muslim and they simply don't like us). The wheels are slightly frayed at the bottom although they still work perfectly. The handle hasn't broken and even though it has been bouncing up and down in aircraft cabins in under busses, it still looks brand new. It has proved to be waterproof in the rain, although I don't see why being waterproof makes a difference, unless your intending on throwing it in the sea.
Guys, it was £7.99, it ha worked perfectly, and looks great. What else can I say?
As my son is going away for a for days on a school trip, I have had to drag out his suitcase, so I thought I may as well review it before I pack it.
Dunlop trolley case
The suitcase I purchased is black with a splash of royal blue around the edge. It is the second smallest size in this particular Dunlop range marked as 20 inch it actually measures 16 by 22 inches. On the bottom of the suitcase are two little black wheels and two little black stoppers, so it stands up, correctly supported. On the top is a strong and sturdy black plastic carry handle that sports a black plastic name and address tag, along with a pull out handle which can be pulled and locked into two different lengths, at it's longest, the handle fully pulled out measures 17 inches.
Down the side of the case, in the centre there is another black plastic carry handle which again is strong and very sturdy. Along the other side of the case are four big silver studs, which again are there to support the case, should it be stood up sideways. On the front/top depending on which way up you stand it, is a large zipped pocket, which sports a silver Dunlop name plate.
So, to the top of the case, where there is a zip that opens practically the whole way round, to enable the case to expand slightly, allowing more room inside. Then there is a double zip that goes far enough round the top of the suitcase to allow it to open up to reveal the inside of the case, that sports a soft black, waterproof material which says Dunlop in white writing all over it.
On the inner lid of the case is a black mesh zipped pocket, which is more or less the total size of the lid itself. The actual inside of the case has two elasticated belts, to secure the contents and keep what's inside of the case in order. The lining also has a zip of it's own so it can be removed, I guess this must be for washing, but I'm not sure as I've never took it out.
I purchased this suit case from Sports Direct and it only cost me £7.99.
Opinion and experience
My reason for purchasing this case was for my son, he was going away for a week with school and I didn't have a case that was suitable for him to take. I didn't want to spend a great deal because to be honest, I didn't expect the case to survive a week away with my son. I was a little disheartened however to find the lining coming away from the side, which I had to sew, but to be fair it was very cheap so I didn't mind that much.
I was surprised at how much I could fit into the case, the size is very deceiving, I managed to pack enough clothes for my son for the entire week and more besides, including a wash bag containing all the things he would need for the week along with a couple of disposable cameras and several other bits and bobs. The case was very easy for my son to maneuver around, taking into consideration he was 11 years old at the time, he managed very well with the case. To watch him pulling it around, I noticed it didn't veer to the side, like I know a lot of these cases tend to do, especially the cheaper ones.
So now almost two years later he is using it to go away yet again, but this time it's only for a few days and I know he will have more than enough room to hold all he needs even if his clothes do seem so much bigger now.
I am pleased with this case and glad I bought it, in all honesty I didn't expect him to be still using it by now, but it has stood the test of time and I'm very pleased with it. When it does eventually lose the will to live, I will more than likely purchase another one, maybe a bigger size next time.
I'm giving this case 4 stars, I've only knocked one off because the lining was coming away when I bought it.
Thank you for reading my review which may also appear on Ciao
I bought this suitcase for when I went to New York in September as I didn't have one. Ideally after spending quite a lot of money on my trip I wanted to get a bargain suitcase and got one I did in Sports Direct for £14.99 for a 28 inch case. There are also 3 other size options available: Laptop £10.99, 24inch £9.99 and the 32inch for £19.99 there is also a flight bag,16 and 20 inch available but I cant find the price.
The case hase 4 compartments it has 2 small zip pockets on the front which will easily hold a few books, a compartment on the back which is almost the size of the case which can neatly store some clothes, magazines or any other possesions. The main compartment is very spacious made even more so by a zip extender which gives you around an extra inch of storage space. The suitcase has wheels which are a great benefit when wheeling it around, it glides smoothly across most surfaces even footpaths. There is an extentable handle which can be adjusted to two seperate heights about 5 inches or 12, the handle can be easily placed back into the suitcase at the press of a button. The colour of the suitcase is black with a blue trim.
The main compartment has 2 zips which when brought together have an extra hole in them so they can be easily padlocked together making it difficult to enter it without the key. The other compartments only have 1 zip.
I filled my suitcase neatly to the brim so that it would easily close leaving enough space for all the souvineers I would probably end up buying. My suitcase arrived undamaged and in perfect condition when I landed in New York. For the return Journey my suitcase was now buldging slighlty and was a little difficult to close, this time when retriving it when landing in London I noticed the case was frayed around one of the edges (back of the case where the single big zip compartment is). I didnt think much of it, and when I used it for my second trip 3 months later to escort my girlfriend to St Etienne as she is studying there, the suitcase was in exactly the same condition when we arrived there. On the return journey my suitcase was considerbly lighter as I was carrying some of my girlfriends things in mine on the way there but did not have them with me on the way back. This time when I retrieved my case in London i notived the frayed area had split and the suitcase had a hole in it. Luckily nothing was missing for the suitcase. I am now back in the market for a more durable suitcase.
This suitcase is very cheap, but unfortunately the quality of the suitcase has obviously been comprimised. I would not reccomend this suitcase as I expect my luggage to last more than two trips!